Grayson is a 7-month old baby from Tanzania and the firstborn child to his young parents. Both parents finished their college studies last year. Grayson's mother studied business management while the father studied nursing and he is currently volunteering at a local hospital in their village. With both parents without proper jobs they are struggling to make ends meet to be able to support their baby. Grayson has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Grayson has been experiencing increasing head circumference and he has lost his sight. Without treatment, Grayson will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Grayson that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 21st and will drain the excess fluid from Grayson's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Grayson will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Grayson’s mother says, “My son’s condition had improved from his earlier surgery, but now his condition has started worsening once more. The doctors say he needs to have another surgery, which we are unable to afford please help us.”
Twamubwine finished senior four and joined the nursing school at Nyakibale and pursued a certificate in nursing. She currently works with a local government at a health centre in a rural area. She was born in a family of 11 children and she is the last born. All of them are married and self-employed with some doing small businesses, small scale farming, or primary school teaching. Twamubwine is a married mother to five children, but only four are living after she lost her second child shortly after delivery. Three of her children are in school and the youngest is one year and a half and is at home. Her husband is a primary school teacher and as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic he is not earning any income. Twamubwine says: “I will be very glad when my surgery is supported so that I can have a way to start caring for my baby and the rest of the family. I will definitely resume to caring for the sick once I am better since I am a nurse.”
Pheareach is a 5-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. He has one older brother who is in 6th grade. His parents are constructions workers in Malaysia, so Pheareach lives with his grandmother who is a farmer. A mass on the right side of Pheareach's neck appeared two years ago. The mass is slow growing and does not cause pain, however it does limit some motion. It is difficult for him to rotate his neck or bend it to the left. If the tumor continues to grow it may cause pain and further limit his neck's range of motion. Pheareach and his grandmother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. Surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Pheareach needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. His grandmother said, "I hope the mass can be removed in surgery so his neck will be normal and he will be healthy."
Last July, Owamani’s mother noticed an imbalance in her son's testicle sizes while he was bathing, she thought it would normalize soon but it didn’t. In March 2020, Owamani was taken to Rugarama Hospital and was diagnosed with a hernia but their family did not have money for the surgery. He was then taken to Kabale referral hospital but his parents were advised to take him back for surgery after the COVID-19 situation has stabilized. Owamani's father and mother are small scale farmers who hire little pieces of land for cultivation because they have no land of their own yet. They rent a single room for their family's shelter. They are a family of three children and are all in school. Owamani is the second born and currently in fourth grade at primary school. Owamani has now come to Watsi's Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital for treatment. If not treated through herniorrhaphy, he could have future obstruction and strangulation of tissue thus becoming gangrenous leading to peritonitis. Owamani’s mother says that Owamani complains of severe pain especially as he interacts with his friends, when riding a bicycle, and sometimes there is an uncontrollable flow of urine when he is sleeping. Owamani’s mother shared, “We cannot help him due to our current financial position; he would be the happiest and most active boy if treated. He may comfortably play with his friends especially at school and this would improve his class performance.”
Abaho is a 9-year-old student from Uganda. He is the middle child in a family of three children. He and his elder brother are in primary school while his younger sister is still too young for school and is still breastfeeding. Abaho's father is a mechanic while his mother was a tailor. The family lives in a single-roomed rental house. Since two years ago, Abaho has had an umbilical hernia. This causes him abdominal discomfort and pain. Fortunately, on May 12th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Abaho's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Abaho's mother says: “I hope that my child will be healed once he undergoes his surgery for a good health and continue with his education to have a brighter future.”
Narith is a 3-year-old boy from Cambodia. His father is a rice farmer and his mother is a factory worker in Phnom Penh. He has one sister. He likes watching the cartoons on TV, and playing with his toys. What he enjoys most is hearing his mother tell him a story at night. Last week while playing he accidentally lodged a small rock in his nasal passage. His parents tried to remove it but were unable. His nasal passage has become swollen and painful as time goes on, and he is constantly irritated. Narith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Narith needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Narith's father said, "This accident could be very dangerous for my son, and since I could not help him I worry so much. I hope the doctor will stop the pain and irritation he feels before the problem gets worse. I want him to start primary school in the future."
Reach is a 11-year-old student from Cambodia. He is the youngest in his family, with two older sisters and one brother. He is in sixth grade at his primary school, and likes English class. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. In his free time he loves playing football with friends, and watching TV. Nine years ago, Reach had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. He experiences pain, discharge, hearing loss, and high fever from his ear infection. Reach traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will carry out surgery on his ear. Now, Reach needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Reach said, "I hope my ear will have no more pain after surgery, and that I will hear better. I want to be able to study at school and spend time with my friends happily."
Pann is a 20-year-old man from Cambodia. Pann is the eldest sibling, with one brother and three sisters. He helps his parents with rice farming. Beside works, he likes to play football and listen to pop music. In January, Pann was in a motor vehicle accident that cause a closed fracture on his left leg. After that accident, he was sent another hospital for surgery however but it did not treat his fracture. His leg is very weak and painful. He can not move his leg easily and needs crutches to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 21st, Pann will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow him to walk easily again. "I hope that I will be able to walk so I can return to working in the rice field again, be able to help my parents. I also hope that I can play football with my friends again," Pann said.
Titus, a happy 7-year old boy, was born and raised in Kapsabaa Village in Kenya. He is in first grade. He was well until the 8th of April, when he was pushed by a friend when they were playing together and hit the hard ground, injuring his left hand. Accompanied by his mother, Titus had to travel for several hours to get from their home to Watsi's partner hospital to be seen by doctors. His family was referred from a government hospital because they were unable to treat him due to lack of financial means. Very quickly after arriving at our partner hospital, an X-ray was done and confirmed a left supracondylar fracture. Due to pain and discomfort, Titus was admitted and scheduled for surgery. Titus is the second born in a family of four children. His mother is a grocer while his father is a mason. They both work hard to better their young family despite the fact that his father does not have a stable job as he only can wait for construction, which is rare in the village. The family has not been saving any money because they earn a little, which is enough to feed their family and gather for a few basic needs for their children. The young family lives in a rental house in the village centre. The injury has caused Titus’s parents a lot of worry about their son’s future because the fracture has made it difficult for Titus to use his hand. The young family is requesting for financial support to help their son undergo surgery to fix his broken hand and reduce chances of complications of healing badly and persistent pain. Gladys, Titus's Mother, says: “We were lacking means but we were given hope of finding treatment for our son when we came here. I am looking forward to seeing him not in pain again.”
Jonah is a jovial and high-spirited student from Kenya. He is the 7th born in a family of 8 children. He is in class 2 at Mwiteria vision academy under a sponsorship of a well-wisher. The family hails from Iteria village in Meru County. His single mother used to be a farmer, but she currently stays at home. She recently underwent an amputation on her leg after suffering from diabetes. Jonah has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jonah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Jonah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “We request your support, being the only breadwinner in the family and I am also impaired. I have two boys who need surgery. I am not able to raise the bill. Please help,” said Jonah’s mother.
Janet is a baby from Tanzania. She is the third born child in a family of three children. She is a cheerful and curious little girl. Janet's parents own a small shop which sells small home stuffs. Janet was diagnosed with genu valgus. Her legs bow inwards so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she can not walk without rubbing her knees together and this is causing her pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Janet. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 28th. Treatment will hopefully restore Janet's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Janet's mother says, "I see that my daughter has a problem with her legs, I do not understand much about her condition but it worries me that she may grow up and become disabled if I do not do anything. Please help my daughter."
Sar is a four-year-old girl from Thailand who lives with her parents and three sisters. Her mother is a homemaker, looking after household chores, while her father works as an agriculture day laborer. In her spare time, Sar likes to play with toys with her friends. Seven months ago, when Sar was on the way to buy snacks, a hen suddenly flew over to her and poked her right eye, protecting her baby chickens. Although Sar's eye turned red, her parents did not take her to any hospitals. They bought eye drops for her, but the medicine did not make her feel any better. Sar underwent a CT scan at Mae Sot Hospital but the doctor was not able to help her. She was referred to Chiang Mai and there she underwent an MRI. After the MRI, the doctor recommended surgery to remove her right eye. She received enucleation of her eye on July 25th, 2019. After enucleation, the doctor recommended an MRI to see if there is any problem post operation. She is now admitting in the hospital and will undergo the MRI on 25th February, 2020. Doctors want Sar to have an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs, to help them continue to follow an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Sar's MRI and care, scheduled for February 25th. Sar's father said, "My daughter is healthy and playing happily with friends after we came back from treatment in Chiang Mai. The doctor told me that they will do MRI for my daughter to check if there is any abnormal growth or problem after surgery and if there is no problem after the MRI result, the doctor will implant an artificial eye in the next eight month for my daughter."